Upcoming Conferences AND Seminars

Here is what we know about. Suggest more in the comments.

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This is a car holding a brain . . . kind of like your brain is going on a road trip, only it’s not- at least for a couple more months.

MCO OER Faculty Conversations

Please see the attached 2021 MCO OER Faculty Conversations Flyer for details and registration information. The templates for OER faculty conversations offers additional information. The 2021 series of MCO Faculty Conversations on Open Educational Resources (OER) feature faculty who are currently using an open textbook or other free or low- cost materials in their courses.

These conversations are open to all faculty from community colleges and four-year institutions who want to learn more about OER from their peers or are currently using OER and want to share their experience.

These sessions take place on Fridays in January and February and are organized by discipline. Check the flyer early so you don’t miss the session best suited for you!


Global Read Webinar Series 2021

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award) sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards.

Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2021ReadingAcrossCultures. All sessions are free and open to the public. All webinars are 7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). Register here to attend the online webinar series.


Promoting Academic Resilience in Gateway Courses

January 21 at 1 PM.
This is a conversation with Dr. Vicki McGillin and Dr. Mark Lange about promoting academic resilience in gateway courses. It is an extension of the information and ideas presented in the video, Promoting Academic Resilience in Gateway Courses, that examines the relationship between stress and resilience, internal and external resilience factors, approaches to building resilience in gateway courses, and existing models of evidence-based programs aimed at fostering academic resilience.
Use the following link to register for the conversation: https://jngi.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nVZWoGGZQIG5dl_C0Qwq2w

The Writing Dialogue Series:

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC): Culturally Relevant and Anti-racist Approaches to Teaching Writing at the Post-secondary Level

Join EMU’s Office of Campus and Community Writing WAC Program for four virtual dialogue sessions to read, write, talk, and create action steps with colleagues from EMU and HFC. The focus of these sessions will be on the new book by Gholdy Muhammad, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, which has become an important resource for K-12 teachers across the country. As these teachers work to understand and apply Muhammad’s framework, what might we – as post-secondary educators – take from that framework for our own work?

This series is presented by Eastern Michigan University’s Office of Campus & Community Writing in partnership with CTEI and the Writing Center at HFC. Sessions will be held on the following Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m via Zoom. RSVP here.

  • Session I: Identity, Jan. 22, 2021
  • Session II: Skills, Feb. 12, 2021
  • Session III: Intellect, Mar. 5, 2021
  • Session IV: Criticality, Mar. 26, 2021

Writing Dialogue Program Flyer 2021

Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book and may submit a receipt for reimbursement through their respective bargaining units (1650 and AFO). AFO members are also eligible for up to 6 hours of professional development funds.

Questions can be directed to Chelsea Lonsdale, Director of the Writing Center.


Solidarity Over Surveillance: Part 1

Answering the Call for a “Radical Revolution of Values”: Surveillance, Technology & the Earth with Tawana Honeycomb Petty

Save the date for Solidarity Over Surveillance Part 1

Zoom (the link will be provided in the near future).

Sponsored by ReBUILDetroit’s Science, Technology, and Race Learning Community, An Exploration of DEI through Film, Video & Podcast’s Learning Community, and UD-Mercy Dept of Social Work.

If you would like to join the An Exploration of DEI through Film, Video & Podcast’s Learning Community, please contact Shanna Simpson-Singleton (srsimpson@hfcc.edu) or Janice Gilliland (jlgilliland@hfcc.edu).


36th Annual LAND Conference

Theme: Successful Failures

The Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) purposely keep the conference theme broad to invite a range of interpretation across Liberal Arts disciplines. We were motivated to select this year’s theme from simply looking at what’s going on in the world around us, our own experiences with persistence, witnessing the efforts of our students as they pursue their dreams against so many odds. All of this, especially when considered in the context of current cultural forces and the social-political climate, can fit within the theme SUCCESSFUL FAILURES. Find out what it meant to our presenters in their work with the Liberal Arts!

February 17 – 19, 20201. To be hosted online via Zoom/

Conference registration is open. All attendees – including presenters – must register for the conference. There will be NO REGISTRATION FEE for the 2021 conference.


1st Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Community Symposium on Race

The Science, Technology, and Race Learning Community (a ReBUILDetroit program) and the Akoma Center for Pan-Afrikan Research, Self-Determination & Nationbuilding are hosting its 1st Annual W. E. B. Du Bois Community Symposium on Race. This is purposely not purely an academic symposium as we want to include the voices of not only the professoriate, but also staff, administrators, students and community members.

The topic of race is broad and far-reaching and as such the sub-sections will be varied. Possible topics for the first symposium might be.

  • Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory
  • Imagery, Perception, and Reality and its Effects on People of Color
  • Decolonizing Education for Inclusion
  • Community Based Anti-Racism Projects

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (The 153rd Birthday).

Flyer: WEB Du Bois Symposium on Race 2021 Flyer.


2021 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference

Student Success in a Pandemic: Lessons Learned

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in  immense change, expeditious innovation, dramatic shifts in policies and practice, and an outpouring of care and compassion for  students. This year’s conference will highlight exemplary strategies and practices that higher education institutions employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. From deploying unique teaching methods and virtual support services to leveraging social media and ensuring that students had access to the materials needed to be successful, to higher education professionals who exhibited resilience, grit and innovation during a very challenging time.

Virtual for 2021
The Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference is going virtual for 2021!  
This conference will give individuals an opportunity to:

HFC Social Justice & Equity in Education Conference

A College’s Responsibility to Its Community in the Face of a Litany of Black Death
Friday, Febrary 26, 2021 2-4 PM

What do we learn from the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Walter Wallace, and countless Black lives before and sure to follow them about our responsibilities to and for Black students in college? How can those lessons support us in our responsibilities to and for Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern and other students minoritized by race and ethnicity and even other social identities? In what ways must we radically shift what we have been taught about the foundations of higher education in order to provide an education that affirms, empowers, and advocates for these students? What is the college’s responsibility to its community in light of the scourge of racist, nativist terror in this country? In this talk and conversation, Dr. Stewart will attempt to provoke answers to these questions and, likely, prompt many more.

Registration: Comining Soon.

Pre-reads:

Bensimon, E. M. (n. d.). Reflections on the meaning of equity and the practice of equity-mindedness. In AAC&U, A vision for equity (pp. 53-54). https://aavp.humboldt.edu/sites/default/files/aacu_a_vision_for_equity_report_-_closing_thoughts.pdf

Stewart, D-L. (2020). Twisted at the roots: The intransigence of inequality in U.S. higher education. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52(2), 13-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/00091383.2020.1732753

*Stewart, D.-L. (2017, March 30). Language of appeasement. Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/03/30/colleges-need-language-shift-not-one-you-think-essay [*Published under a former name]

d-l rise 2 profileDr. D-L Stewart is a professor in the School of Education, Co-Coordinator of Student Affairs in Higher Education, Co-Director of CSU Initiatives for the Race and Intersectional Studies for Educational Equity (RISE) Center, and affiliated faculty in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. His scholarship focuses on higher education’s history and philosophy, as well as institutional systems and structures that affect the postsecondary experiences, learning, growth, and becoming of minoritized students across a range of identities. They examine these topics through intersectional, critical, and poststructural frameworks that incorporate ableism, religious hegemony, and classism alongside racism, patriarchy, and queer/trans-antagonism.


Suggest more conferences to us in the comments or via email srsimpson@hfcc.edu. We know these may be online conferences for the next year!

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